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Beyond the Door (1974)

Chi sei? (original title)
R | | Horror | 31 July 1975 (USA)
Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil's baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her... but what does he really want?

Directors:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (as O. Hellman), Robert Barrett (as R. Barrett)

Writers:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (story) (as O. Hellman), Antonio Troiso (story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Juliet Mills ... Jessica Barrett
Gabriele Lavia ... Robert Barrett
Richard Johnson ... Dimitri
Nino Segurini Nino Segurini ... Dr. George Staton
Elizabeth Turner Elizabeth Turner ... Barbara Staton (as Elisabeth Turner)
Barbara Fiorini Barbara Fiorini ... Gail Barrett
Carla Mancini ... (credit only)
David Colin Jr. David Colin Jr. ... Ken Barrett
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... Mr. Francis
Gino Marturano Gino Marturano ... (as Luigi Marturano)
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Storyline

Juliet Mills plays a pregnant woman who becomes possessed by a demon and begins puking split pea soup all over the place. Ex-boyfriend Richard Johnson shows up to save the day. Written by Humberto Amador

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Taglines:

Beyond this door the most terrifying event in the history of mankind is about to occur! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

31 July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Door See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (US theatrical cut)

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Westrex Electric System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Juliet Mills talked about how she was fart in a 2005 interview. "I just got a call from my agent that they were making this film in San Francisco and in Rome. I had made a previous film in Rome, Avanti with Jack Lemon and I love working in Italy. So it really came through my agent. I read the script and I thought that this sounds like fun. I never done one of these sort of movies, so that was it. And of course The Exorcist had come out a year or so earlier, and I'd seen that. So I thought these kinds of films are popular, and why not? It was a fun film to make. Two great locations, San Francisco and Rome." See more »

Goofs

At approximately 6:06 in the beginning the child's shoes are shown, then a cut away to the child. Who is obviously too short, and human to bend and contort in the manner in which the camera suggests. See more »

Quotes

Gail Barrett: [talking about their dad] Hey, remember that crazy nickname you gave him? What was it?
Ken Barrett: Asshole.
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Alternate Versions

The widescreen presentation under the title Devil Within Her, features almost 15 minutes of newer footage that was not shown in theaters. This includes the complete credits, a scene were Jessica meets Dimitri in the ritual grounds and a scene showing Jessica with Robert and her children shopping down San Francisco and seeing Dimitri. See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Bargain with the Devil
Music Composed and Conducted by Franco Micalizzi
Written by Sid Wayne
Performed by Warren Wilson
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Satan is the narrator--'nuff said
24 December 2004 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

You know you're in trouble when you're watching a movie where Satan is the narrator. This is an early effort by Olvidio Assonitis, who was considered a rip-off artist even in a country famous for its rip-off artists (Italy). But where some later Assonitis films like "Tentacles" are sporadically entertaining, this movie falls flat largely because Assonitis is trying to rip-off two big Hollywood movies simultaneously --"Rosemary's Baby" AND "The Exorcist". Assonitis obviously doesn't have the budget to rip off the latter or the directorial skill to rip-off the former, but the best director with all the money in the world couldn't successfully combine these two films because "The Exorcist" is sheer outrageous spectacle (including among other things a possessed 12-year-old girl masturbating with a crucifix) while "Rosemary's Baby" is a very subtle exercise in creeping paranoia that never even shows the titular baby. Sure, they're both about Satan, but they are completely different kinds of movies and combining them is a fool's errand. But of course, only a fool would start out a movie with Satan as a narrator.

Juliet(sister of Haley) Mills plays a housewife whose third child is apparently Satan's spawn. The unborn infant has possessed her, somehow turning her into a low-rent Linda Blair. How did she get pregnant with the devil's child? Who knows (guess I missed that part), but her creepy ex-boyfriend has been pulled by Satan from a fatal car accident and given ten more years of life so he can make sure the baby is born (seems like there should be an easier way). Meanwhile, her husband and two older children are completely befuddled (although probably not as much as the audience). Obviously, this movie makes no sense, but its one saving grace is that it is pretty funny at times (mostly unintentionally). At one point it copies a creepy scene in "Rosemary's Baby" where the pregnant heroine eats a barely-cooked piece of meat by having Mills pick a rotting banana peel off the street and eat it. I don't know if it's supposed to be serious or a parody but its hilarious. Then there's the 10-year-old daughter who talks in the dubbed voice of a 70's hippie chick ("You're a stone drag, man," she tells her little brother at one point). I'll give Assonitis some credit and assume that that is SUPPOSED to be funny. Unfortunately, most of the movie is not so funny and it is certainly not very scary. Not the worst Italian horror movie I've ever seen, but I wouldn't waste your time.


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